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Building HS2

Construction starts at Old Oak Common
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps give the thumbs up to start construction.

Constructing the railway

HS2 will use the best of British skills and innovation, creating thousands of UK jobs and opportunities for SMEs. It will be one of the most environmentally responsible infrastructure projects ever in the UK.

HS2 apprentice on a construction site

Construction Starts at Old Oak Common

2,300 jobs supported by building the best connected station in the country.

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Aerial view of the cutting leading to the Chiltern tunnel's south portal. A tunnel boring machine is being readied for use.

HS2 tunnels

HS2 will construct 10 tunnels in Phase One. We've also launched our first TBM - Florence.

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CGI image of HS2's Phase 2a line passing under a wood through a tunnel.

Phase 2a secures Royal Assent

At least 5,000 workers will build the 36 mile line.

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A wetland pond and flowers created by HS2.

HS2 and the environment

Find out how HS2 is protecting and enhancing woodlands, habitats and wildlife as we plan and build the railway.

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Aerial view of the South Portal construction site

Construction has started on Phase One of HS2

Learn about the HS2 Phase One route and the facts and figures behind constructing Europe's largest infrastructure project.

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Building the Railway - HS2 Phase One

Find out more about the first phase of HS2 construction

Construction benefits

  • Jobs and skills - we'll need over 30,000 people

    So far, HS2 has supported 15,000 jobs in every region of the country. With construction started there will be more opportunities.

    Jobs and skills

  • Supply Chain - HS2 creates opportunities for all sizes of business

    HS2 is creating thousands of contract opportunities in its supply chain. Find out how your business can get involved.

    Suppliers and Businesses

  • Innovation - a world class railway that embraces technology

    HS2's workers will use innovative technology and world-leading construction techniques.

    Innovation

Wider benefits of building HS2

  • Archaeology - unearthing 10,000 years of history

    Before we build bridges, tunnels, tracks and stations, the largest archaeology programme ever undertaken in the UK is happening.

    HS2 Archaeology

  • Community and local business funding

    Find out how HS2 community funding supports local environmental and economic improvements along its route.

    Community and business funding

  • The Green Corridor

    We’re creating a green corridor alongside HS2, which will be home to wildlife and integrate HS2 into the landscape.

    HS2 Green Corridor

Key construction sites: four new high speed stations

Curzon Street Station in Birmingham

This will be the first brand new intercity terminus station built in Britain since the since the 19th century.

Euston Station in London

HS2 will deliver 11 new platforms, a new concourse and improved connections to the Underground.

Interchange Station in Solihull

The station design focuses on sustainability and it will be built to achieve a ‘BREEAM excellent’ standard.

Old Oak Common Station in west London

The station will allow direct interchange with local trains and provide a new park.

Converted buses parked in a square offering space for homeless people to live and train.

Empowering Communities along our London route

HS2 London contractors are working together to support local communities

Learn about the social legacy of jobs, skills and support
Business owner standing next to sign bearing its name.

We work closely with local businesses based along the line of route. We want to make sure you know about potential opportunities.

Find out more about HS2 and your business